Spicy Yam Curry

Ingredients:-For the gram flour batter

  1. Gram Flour or  Besan -1 cup.
  2. Salt – According to taste.
  3. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  4. Asafoetida – A pinch.
  5. Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp.

For the curry

  1. Yam – 250 gms.
  2. Onions(made into a fine paste) – 2.
  3. Cumin – 1 tsp.
  4. Kasuri Methi – A pinch.
  5. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  7. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tsp.
  8. Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.
  9. Tomato Puree – 1 tbsp.
  10. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
  11. Vegetable or Subzi Masala – 1 tsp.(optional).
  12. Dry Mango or Amchoor Powder – 1 tsp.
  13. Salt – (According to taste).

STEPS.

Step 1 – Scrape,wash and cut the yam pieces in medium-sized squares.Now blanch them for five minutes or till half done.

Step 2 – Now make the gram flour batter.For that,take a bowl.Add the given amounts of Gram flour,salt,red chilly powder,turmeric powder,asafoetida,garam masala and using water make a thick batter out of it.Coat the yam pieces in it and shallow fry them till golden browned.

IMG_3746.jpgStep 3 – Take a kadhai. Add vegetable oil and splutter a pinch of cumin and kasuri methi in it.When it crackles add firstly turmeric powder,cumin powder,red chilly powder,ginger-garlic paste,garam masala and fry them for a minute.Now add the tomato puree and then add the onion paste.You can add chopped green chillies as well.Fry the masalas for two to four minutes and then add some dry mango or amchoor powder and some salt.Next add the required amount of water for the gravy and after boiling it for two minutes drop in the fried yams.Simmer it for ten minutes.

Our Yam curry is done.Serve it with steamed rice,plain dal,chapatis or pooris.

Friends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great week every one .Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!

 

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Spicy Pointed Gourd.

Ingredients:

  1. Pointed Gourd – 250 gms.
  2. Onion(finely chopped) – 2.
  3. Green Chillies(chopped) -2.
  4. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 2 tsp.
  5. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 2 tsp.
  7. Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Garam Masala – 2 tsp.
  9. Dry Mango Powder – 1 tsp.
  10. Cumin – 1 tsp.
  11. Salt – According to taste.
  12. Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp.

STEPS.

Step 1 – Wash and slit the pointed gourd from the middle cutting it into halves.

Step 2 – Take a heavy-bottomed vessel and add some vegetable oil to it.Now splutter in some cumin seeds and when it crackles add the chopped onions.Fry it for 3 minutes.

IMG_3155.JPGStep 3 – Now add the ginger-garlic paste and green chillies and fry it.Stir in the pointed gourds and fry it for 2 minutes.Now add salt,turmeric powder, red chilly powder,cumin powder,garam masala and the dry mango powder and fry everything.Now cover it with a lid and cook as such for 5-7 minutes on slow flame.Don’t add any water to the dish.Now remove lid and check whether the gourds are cooked or not.Now stir-fry the veggie for five minutes on high flame.If needed add some oil to prevent burning.Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Our spicy pointed gourds are ready.It is a great appetiser and a tasty side dish for your lunch or dinner menus.

Friends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great weekend everyone.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!

 

Mango pickle

Hi friends. Welcome to my site. I am Abha Jha. I reside in Noida. I am a homemaker and I love to cook. I am fond of cooking all kinds of foods and I like to experiment with different culinary styles. I keep on trying to know more about this field as and when possible. Cooking according to me needs patience, good know how and dedicated interest and effort. Cooking can be fun and must be a good combination of right ingredients, right methods and patience again. I particularly like to make pickles also called achar in india. Achar is a delicacy of Indian cooking . Most of the ladies of India and even abroad from all its different regions make pickles. Pickles  can be made from any kind of vegetable and even certain fruits. We all know that the king of fruits that is, mango holds a a coveted position in pickle making also. So here I am starting my blog on pickles and I think a typical  Indian meal is very incomplete without them. My first recipe is——–

Tangy sliced mango pickle.

Ingredients:-

  1. Sliced mangoes with skin on – 250 gms.
  2. Salt – According to taste.
  3. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
  4. Yellow mustard powder – 2 tsp.
  5. Indian Five Spice or panchphoran – 1 tsp.
  6. Hing – A pinch.
  7. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Coriander-Cumin powder (slightly roasted , without oil) – 2 tsp.
  9. Mustard oil – 2 tbsp.
  10.  Pickle or achar masala – 2 tsp.
  11. Synthetic vinegar – 1 tbsp.

STEPS.

Step 1 

Firstly wash mangoes . Let them dry so that no amount of water is left on them.

Step 2 

Take a large glass bowl, wipe the mangoes and cut them in big pieces .

Step 3 

Now add a generous amount of salt, turmeric powder and (whole) Indian five spice or panchphoran.

Step 4 

Now add asafoetida powder, red chilly powder, the slightly roasted coriander and cumin powder, pickle masala and mustard oil.

Step 5 

Lastly add some synthetic vinegar. Now mix all this up and put the vessel in sunlight. We will need to stir the pickle everyday and keep it away from water because both don’t go well together. We should keep the pickle in afternoon sun for about 15 days before it is ready to be eaten. Adding vinegar helps to stop the decay of pickle. Lastly apart from the oil used in the process of making the pickle  put some extra hot mustard oil in the pickle because it will enhance the overall taste and quality of the pickle. These pickles have a shelf-life of 5 years and even more, only precaution to be taken is not to let pickle get in contact with water.

On this note I end my recipe. I hope you will all like the recipe . Please share your comments and feedback for the same. Feel free to solve your queries regarding the recipe. Mango pickles are a delicacy in India. They are my favorites and they have a longer shelf life. So do try this recipe at home and enjoy the goodness of raw mangoes. Till then have a great day,and derive the pickle making pleasure from making this pickle and feel great. Happy cooking,happy pickling!!!